The CBE Seminar Series is organized to bring in experts from both academia and industry to present their research and share their expertise. Each semester a group of CBE graduate students and staff invite and host the colleagues and visitors (on and off-campus) who present at this seminar series.

The CBE 2019-2020 seminar organizing committee

If you have feedback or a speaker suggestion for the CBE Seminar Series, please contact a member of the organizing committee.

Spring 2020 Schedule

  • Thursdays, 4:10 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Montana State University, Linfield 301  Map it
  • *Denotes different day, time, or location






Jan 9

No seminar

Jan 16

Dr. Emma Loveday

Geoffrey Zath

Postdoctoral Scholar, CBE

PhD Student, Chemical & Biological Engineering, MSU, CBE

High-throughput quantification
of influenza A virus using
drop-based qRT-PCR

Jan 23

Dr. Robin Gerlach

Professor, Chemical & Biological Engineering, MSU, CBE

Biofilms and minerals: From engineered biomineralization applications to studying the role of biofilms in urinary tract stone formation

Jan 30

Dr. Jed Eberly Assistant Professor, Agronomy & Soil Microbiology, MSU, Central Ag Research Station Aptamers for environmental sensing

Feb 6

The Wilking Lab

PI: Dr. Jim Wilking, Assistant Professor, Chemical & Biological Engineering, MSU, CBE

Soft materials and beyond

Feb 13

Dr. Darla Goeres




Diane Walker

Associate Research Professor, Chemical & Biological Engineering, MSU; PI, CBE Standardized Biofilm Methods Lab


Research Engineer, CBE

Evaluating performance criteria for the cleanliness of reusable medical devices


Dry biofilms: Challenges of recognition and eradication

Feb 20

Dr. Phil Stewart



Dr. Garth James

Regents Professor, Chemical & Biological Engineering, MSU, CBE

Associate Research Professor, Chemical & Biological Engineering, MSU; PI, CBE Medical Biofilms Lab

Risk factors for chronic biofilm infections on medical implants

In-vitro models of oral biofilms for evaluating antimicrobial susceptibility

Feb 27

No Seminar - Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering 3-Minute Thesis Competition


Mar 5

Rachel Kratofil

PhD Candidate, Immunology, University of Calgary

Monocytes are critical for tissue repair following a Staphylococcus aureus foreign-body skin infection

Mar 12

Dr. Ellen Lauchnor Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering, MSU, CBE

Use of biomineralization in remediation applications

CBE Seminar is cancelled for the remainer of the semester. Thank you for your attendance this semester and thanks to the speakers for presenting their important work. See you in the fall!